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Brewed by McAuslan Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 322   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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La stout impériale russe St-Ambroise est un hommage québécois aux stouts impériales anglaises de la fin du XVIieme siècle, qui étaient brassées pour la cour de l’impératrice russe Catherine II la Grande.

Faite d’un mélange de malts d’orge, la Stout impériale russe St-Ambroise est infusée aux houblons Cascade, Goldings et Willamette, ce qui lui donne un caractère houblonné remarquable avec une finale moelleuse. Brassée avec du bois vieilli dans le bourbon, cette ale corsée se distingue par son riche arôme fumé aux accents de vanille, d’expresso et de chocolat.

Servir la Stout impériale russe St-Ambroise entre 13°C et 15°C, de préférence dans un verre à porto ou un ballon à brandy. Comme cette bière se bonifie avec le temps, il est recommandé de la conserver dans un lieu frais et sombre durant quelques années.

St-Ambroise Russian Imperial Stout is Quebec’s tribute to the late 1700’s English Imperial Stouts, brewed for the Russian courts of Catherine the Great.
Made from a blend of barley malts, St-Ambroise Russian Imperial Stout is infused with Cascade, Goldings and Willamette hops, resulting in an outstanding hop-character with a smooth finish. Bourbon wood-aged, this full-bodied ale has a rich, smoky aroma with hints of vanilla, expresso and chocolate.

Serve St-Ambroise Russian Imperial Stout between 13°C and 15°C, preferably in a port glass or a brandy snifter. This stout will improve with age for a number of years. Store in a cool, dark place.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Inbreak (2324) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2014
21.05.2014, 0,34l bottle (2010 vintage) @ BBGTC tasting:
Nice brown creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich and sweet, dark malts, coffee, salty licorice, alcohol, grass, dark sugar, spices. Taste is kind of sour-ish harsh, sour coffee, oak, dark malts, old hops, minerals, harsh grass, grassy chili, cardboard. Longlasting bitterness, dry harsh mouthfeel. Fair enough, but not really my cup of tea.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ej (763) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle from 2010. Pitch black pour producing a creamy dark tanned head. Vinous aroma with roasted and black malts, vanilla, caramel and coffee. Taste is rich dark chocolate, roasted malts, bitter coffee and semi-sweet caramelized malts. Body is full with a creamy palate and semi-soft co2.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palme (3474) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2014
0.341l bottle from 2010 shared with The Tasting Crew. Looks really good this. Deep and dark near black looking this and it has a really nice deep dark chocolate head. Lots and lot of roastiness here. Super dark 88 percent chocolate is detected, some vanilla, some dark berries. It’s quite nice. Lots of dry spicy Christmas flavors here! Imagine the darkest chocolate bar you’ve had. This tastes quite a bit like this. The Christmas spices reminds me of cinnamom and nutmeg. It has this slightly acidity as well. Could it be coffee acidity? The main thing I’m left with is a really good dark chocolate bar that I’ve eaten a bit to fast. Lots and lots of flavor. Yeah, what more to say it’s a really fine one. 21.05.2014

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClubGonzo (4163) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Pours a jet black body with a medium creamy beige head. Nose is licorice, roasted bread, vinous smooth alcohol tones, hints of grains, vanilla and coffee.Taste is coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, mild licorice and hints of cinnamon, port wine and mild raisins. Full.creamy body, medium to soft carbonation. Smoothly aged Canadian imperial stout? I like it.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnicolaescu (885) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - MAY 18, 2014
BOTTLE 341ML from bugent. Thanks, Sergio! Look: pitch black with a big mocha-orange head. Aroma: clearly (but not overwhelmingly) bourbon barrel - vanilla and whisky, roasted, some alcohol, sweetness, dark fruit. Taste: start light sweet with some acid-roast, then goes a big wave of bitterness with phenolic/alcohilc overtones. Quite a bit of alcohol when it starts, which slowly evaporates by the time you finish the glass.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - MAY 12, 2014
Pours black with a thin tan cap. The aroma is coffee, chocolate, anise, roasted malts, all subtle. The flavour is also subtle all the way along, reflecting the aroma with sea salt and chocolate trailing into the finish. I feel the elegance of this beer is wasted on me. I like my russian imperial stouts to have BIG flavour that drop kick my taste buds with awesomeness. Still, very solid.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NBird (402) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2014
Looks. Black, sml tan head. Smells. Choc and dark choc malts, roasted coffee, some dark fruits. Tastes. Pretty fruity .. Boozy stone fruit, loads of dark choc and coffee.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn (2356) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2014
Black pour with a dark brown head and thick oily lacing ...... aroma of smoked wood, peated malts, roasted and chocolate malts with some coffee and bitterness ..... taste is bitter and dry with a smokey wood, definitely like a camp fire, smokey peated malts, chocolate and roasted malts, coffee and just bitter and very dry in the finish with a lingering bitter bite .... has a very distinct and detailed bitter smoke to it ...... well done abv hidden well

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4940) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Black with a dark khaki head. Nose is rich chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and espresso. Great palate, heavy coffee, roasted malts, light vanilla, hint of alcohol.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonnyguns (1044) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours a deep black pour with a thick tanned head. Nose is dominated by cocoa powder and dry dark chocolate. Chocolate fudge is the first thing that comes to mind. Roasted coffee also can be found in there too. Taste has that upfront coffee bitterness that I crave in my imperial stouts, has me back and back for more! More dry cocoa powder and chocolate fudge round it off. Not overly sweet too which adds to its balance. Damn tasty brew and over exceeded expectations!


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